In August 2009, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced a recall of 16,000 vehicles, including Audi A3, TT and TT Roadster 2009 and 2010 models due to potential transmission problems. Audi notified registered vehicle owners of the recall in October 2009.
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In affected 2009 and 2010 Audi vehicles made between September 2008 and August 2009, the wiring harness of a temperature sensor in the direct shift gearbox potentially contained connector wires that were not sufficiently crimped. As a result, these temperature sensors might falsely detect a high gearbox oil temperature and cause the transmission to abruptly shift to neutral, according to the NHTSA.
Should the transmission abruptly shift to neutral, a "depress brake pedal" light will come on to tell the driver to brake. This abrupt shift could lead to an accident or crash without warning.
Software needs to be updated in these vehicles and will be provided free of charge. Recall notices instructed registered vehicle Audi owners of where to bring the cars for reprogramming of the transmission control module. Drivers concerned whether their Audi might have been affected may contact the NHTSA (888-327-4236) and refer to Audi recall number 37E5/J7 or NHTSA campaign ID number 09V333000.
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